2009 Valencia 125 And 250 Test - Day 2 - Bautista Breaks Collarbone

The final day of testing at Valencia for the 125 and 250 riders started off better than expected, but for Alvaro Bautista, favorite for the 250 crown this year, it ended in disaster. The rain which plagued yesterday's session held off in the morning, and the track soon filled with riders trying to put in a fast time. But though the track was dry, it was also cold, leaving the circumstances still far from ideal for the junior classes.

The rain held off until the early afternoon, at which point it started to fall so heavily that the rest of the session was scrapped at 2pm. That came too late for Alvaro Bautista, though: The Spaniard got caught out by the early rain and took a painful tumble, which has probably resulted in a broken collarbone. Bautista was taken to Madrid, where he was examined by Dr Angel Villamor. The silver lining to Bautista's rain cloud is that his collarbone should heal normally, without requiring surgery, in time for the start of the season.

This left Gabor Talmacsi sitting on top of the timesheets at the end of the day, a fraction ahead of Bautista. Reigning 125 World Champion Mike di Meglio was third quickest, 2/10ths slower than Bautista, while Hector Faubel was the fastest of the Honda men, all still slower than the Aprilias.

In the 125 class, it was once again Julian Simon who dominated proceedings, the Aspar Aprilia rider finishing ahead of fellow Spaniard Sergio Gadea. Britain's Bradley Smith finished third, 4/10ths behind his Aspar team mate Simon, and a fraction ahead of compatriot Scott Redding. American Cameron Beaubier improved again, setting the 7th fastest time of the day.

250 cc

Pos.RiderBikeTimeTotal Laps
1Gabor TalmacsiAprilia1'38.08933
2Alvaro BautistaAprilia1'38.17118
3Mike Di MeglioAprilia1'38.37429
4Alex BaldoliniAprilia1'39.24720
5Hector FaubelHonda1'39.45221
6Ratthapark WilairotHonda1'39.72630
7Raffaele De RosaHonda1'40.31519

Circuit record: 2007, Mika Kallio, KTM, 1'35.659

125 cc

Pos.RiderBikeTimeTotal LapsSeries
1Julian SimonAprilia1'41.83928 
2Sergio GadeaAprilia1'41.96852 
3Bradley SmithAprilia1'42.25847 
4Scott ReddingAprilia1'42.29057 
5Marc MarquezKTM1'42.40932 
6Miguel OliveiraAprilia1'43.25239CEV
7Cameron BeaubierKTM1'43.58036 
8Maverick VinalesAprilia1'43.68445CEV
9Esteve RabatAprilia1'44.59328 
10Adrian MartinAprilia1'44.80421CEV
11Alberto MoncayoDerbi1'44.96155CEV
12Johan ZarcoAprilia1'45.84410 
13Luigi MorcianoAprilia1'46.00222CIV
14Gennaro SabatinoAprilia1'46.05037CIV
15Johnny RosselAprilia1'46.42738CEV
16Alessandro TonucciAprilia1'46.53444CIV
17Luca VitaliAprilia1'46.61550 
18Mattia TarozziAprilia1'47.12224CIV
19Cristian TrabalonDerbi1'47.39761CEV
20Edgar GarciaKTM1'47.93441CEV

Circuit record: 2007, Hector Faubel, Aprilia, 1'39.380
CEV: Spanish national championship rider
CIV: Italian national championship rider

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Hopefully Alvaro can recover quickly and be ready to attack when the season starts. Fortunately he has plenty of time now, at least one good thing about the extremely late start of the season this year.